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Cardinal William Joseph Levada Leads “Towards Healing and Renewal” Symposium

February 8th, 2012 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Italy – The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, has given a lecture before the international symposium “Towards Healing and Renewal” which is held in Rome’s Gregorian University from February 6 to 9.

The said event gathers bishops and religious superiors from all over the globe which aims to re – launch the Church’s commitment to safeguard minors as well as people in need from abuse.

Cardinal Levada mentioned how Blessed John Paul II’s Motu Proprio “Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela” explained as well as updated the list of canonical crimes, even including the sexual abuse of minors by clerics being one of the most serious crimes, or “graviora delicta”.

Abuse survivor commends Pope Benedict XVI

February 7th, 2012 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Italy – In an international symposium on clerical abuse, an Irish woman shared that Pope Benedict is a model of how to listen to victims. She had been a victim of abuse by a priest during her youth.

“Listening to victims is one of the most important things, and it was something that was maybe not done enough, and the Pope is giving an example as to how it should be done,” Marie Collins mentioned during the symposium.

Pope Benedict XVI shares Lenten charity over selfishness

February 7th, 2012 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Italy – Two weeks before Ash Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI released a Lenten message for the faithful which states that “the Catholic Church must demonstrate the power of love and show the limitations of an individualistic worldview.”

In the letter which was released today, Pope Benedict explained an ethic of “custody of others,” with “a mentality that, by reducing life exclusively to its earthly dimension … accepts any moral choice in the name of personal freedom.”

“A society with this mindset,” he mentioned, “can become blind to physical sufferings and to the spiritual and moral demands of life. This must not be the case in the Christian community!”

Where Does the Pope Live and How Does a Person Become a Pope?

February 3rd, 2012 - Comments Off

The pope, otherwise known as the bishop of Rome, lives in the Vatican. Of all the sovereign states in the world, Vatican City is the smallest and encompasses an area of approximately 109 acres. The one grand church in Vatican City called the Basilica of St. Peter is the master church for all Catholics and is the largest church in the global Christian community. About 1,100 people live in this city and about 4,200 work there every day. Not only is the Vatican the home of the head of state, the pope, it is also the home of a vast collection of religious art and contains the largest library of ancient sacred books dating as far back as the 1st century A.D.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Official Message to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

January 31st, 2012 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Italy – Below is the translation of Pope Benedict’s message at the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on January 31, 2012:

Lord Cardinals, venerable brothers in the episcopate and priesthood, dear brothers and sisters!

It is always a joy for me to meet with you on the occasion of your plenary session and to express my appreciation for the service that you undertake for the Church and especially for the Successor of Peter in his office of confirming the brethren in faith (cf. Luke 22:32).

Pope Benedict XVI speaks of Christ’s humble deeds

January 29th, 2012 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Italy – During his Sunday Angelus address today, Pope Benedict XVI talked about Jesus Christ’s humble service and love.

“For man, authority often means possession, power, control, success,” Pope Benedict mentioned to the thousands of pilgrims who attended the event in St. Peter’s Square.

“For God, however, authority means service, humility, love,” he added, “it means entering into the logic of Jesus who stoops to wash the disciples’ feet, who seeks the true good of man, who heals wounds, who is capable of a love so great as to give up his life, because he is Love.”

Christmas Midnight Mass Homily of Pope Benedict XVI

December 24th, 2011 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Italy – As millions of Catholics around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, many also took the time to watch the Midnight Mass homily of Pope Benedict XVI. For those who missed the said celebration, here is the full text of His Holiness’ homily:

Dear Brothers and Sisters! The reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to Titus that we have just heard begins solemnly with the word “apparuit,” which then comes back again in the reading at the Dawn Mass: apparuit–“there has appeared.”

Pope Benedict advances sainthood of two American women and five others

December 19th, 2011 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI advanced the sainthood causes of two American women, Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

He also formally recognized the martyrdom of the 64 victims of the Spanish Civil War and advanced the causes of 18 other men and women.

During his meeting on December 19 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Pope Benedict signed the decrees recognizing the miracles needed for the said canonizations of Blesseds Marianne and Kateri.

Pope Benedict thanks group of children visiting the Vatican

December 19th, 2011 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI received a delegation of children from Italian Catholic Action this morning in the Vatican. The pope also exchanged greetings with them and moved on with his message.

The Holy Father thanked the visiting group and then went on to express his message on a theme they have been studying on this past year: the invitation made to Bartimaeus in the Bible, “Arise, He is calling”.